For the second mini-class we will be focusing on spring flowers and how to "see" leaf and rose bloom shapes negatively by painting around them.
We will be using the same Homework Thread here for all four mini-classes,
so if you didn't get your homework finished for Conni's class on time, you can hand it in late.
We'll begin by using only a #12 round brush (no pencil) on Canson 140 lb dry paper, making positive permanent rose shapes first. Grumbacher Red is also used.
NEXT, begin laying in mixed green of Aureolin or Arylide Yellow with Prussian Blue or Ultramarine, as seen here, leaving small areas for leaf shapes in background.
Lay in more yellow green and pink colors, carving out more shapes with your brush by painting around and in between.
Continue on with pink and blue pale washes across, behind, and in between stems as seen here.
Now that you are going strong and confident realize there's no wrong way to paint negatively. Add more background/foreground, carving out leaf shapes and in between with darker green mix to make more stems as below:
Add more pale washes of light green and lavender (mix pink with blue) over background and negative leaves using more darks as you go along like this:
CONTINUE making top area leaves by painting darker values around lighter areas. Splatter using your brush loaded with fresh paint. Make vein lines in a few leaves but not all. More dark greens added through center section like this:
Finally add more small shaped leaves, rosebuds, roses, stems, branches at random wherever you'd like to balance your composition. Enhance any areas you feel need stronger color or value as in the finished version here:
Roses Garden, 9x12 watercolor